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  1. What is a GACO?

    Believe it or not, there is another procurement related GACO. It's from the Corps of Engineers. Let's see if Joel is around.
  2. What is a GACO?

    After about 19 years here, I found an acronym I hadn't seen before. Any GACOs here? Anyone know a GACO? Anyone know what a GACO is?
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  6. I just tried and it worked. Sometimes, you need the current version of acrobat reader to make it work. That could be it.
  7. IDIQ Decision

    Below is proposed Section 823 from the next NDAA. It must go to conference before it is passed so this is only a possibility. This may be of interest. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SEC. 823. LIMITATION ON UNILATERAL DEFINITIZATION. (a) Limitation.—Section 2326 of title 10, United States Code, is amended— (1) by redesignating subsections (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), and (i) as subsections (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), and (j) respectively; and (2) by inserting after subsection (b) the following new subsection: “(c) Limitation On Unilateral Definitization By The Contracting Officer.—The following limitation applies to all undefinitized contractual actions with a not to exceed value of $50,000,000 or greater: “(1) If agreement is not reached on contractual terms, specifications, and price by a date certain, as required under subsection (b)(1), the contracting officer may not unilaterally definitize those terms, specifications and price over the objection of the contractor until— “(A) the head of the agency approves the definitization in writing; “(B) the contracting officer provides the written approval to the contractor; and “(C) the head of the agency notifies the congressional defense committees of the approval. “(2) The contract modification unilaterally definitizing the action shall not take effect until 60 calendar days after the congressional defense committees have been notified under subparagraph (C) of such paragraph.”. (b) Conforming Regulations.—Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall revise the Department of Defense Supplement to the Federal Acquisition Regulations to conform with the amendments made by subsection (a).
  8. IDIQ Decision

    That happens sometimes.
  9. IDIQ Decision

    here_2_help: Some theories become nightmares in implementation. jwomack: Before we start, we have to determine if September is different from any other month. One easy preliminary effort is to compare contract actions and funds obligated for all months, for all agencies, and see if September is any different from another month. If that effort shows that September is any different from the 11 other months, you're in trouble. Here are some reasons: Everyone (with newspaper knowledge only) knows that government wastes billions of dollars in September and you have to prove it or look like an ass, Your organization will want to staff your effort immmediately increasing your own project's costs, The staff you receive won't know the difference between a collie and a contract action, If you are forced into a sampling strategy, you will lose control of the design of the work to some or all extent, If you have to put boots on the ground, the boots will be in the wrong part of the world and travel money is scarce, This looming disaster will consume 1 to 2 years of your career and you will be forgotten during that time, Etc, etc, etc, and it only gets worse after 1 through 6. With that in mind, the information system you use is your only friend (of course, eventually, you will have to validate the information in that system but that is another problem). If you don't kow the difference between a collie and contract action, resign and find something else to do. If you continue, you're dead meat. OK, you know what you are doing, make that information system sing and tell you everything it has in it. If something comes up unexpectedly, you can make it explain. The more detail the system provides, the better. That information system might be manipulated to answer many of your questions, it may help limit the effort to something that is doable, such as reviewing September contract actions, contract awards, etc. only, or it may help you to kill this project if it is hopeless. Your goal is to redesign your project into something that is humanly possible. Forget any comparison of one month's actions to another. There are too many variables when you consider 1 through 7 above. If you are lucky, you may identify a handful of contracting activites that you can focus on. If you do that, you will have to explain why you did. In the end, your project will have to have integrity, be fair, and have a use. If it doesn't, fight to kill it. With the information system supporting you, you will have a fighting chance at survival. [NOTE: I added a few words to my #1 above so readers will know that I was being facetious with the "Everyone Knows."]
  10. napolik: ------------------------------- here_2_help: Contracting in this country is run by politicians and political hacks that blow a lot of hot air. Contracting folks must view themselves as if they are on a poor Caribbean island waiting for all the hot air from Washinton City to form into a hurricane. Once it does, and they are hit by the hurricane, they are left to pick up the pieces of rubble left by the hurricane and make the contracting process work. Then they wait for the next mass of Washinton City hot air to form into another huricane and watch it kick around the contracting process rubble. Of course, by now, the contracting folks on the island are spinning in the dust from successive hurricanes and they make mistakes as they try to patch the contracting process together. By now, the Washington City politicians get wind of the situation and send GAO into the rubble to report back to them. GAO, after landing on the wrong island several times, finally finds the contracting folks on their wrecked island and reports back to Congress that things are a mess. By now, GAO has told the IGs where contracting island is, and after several failed landings on the wrong island, some IGs find contracting island also. They report back to their Washington City political hacks who work with the politicians to fix the contracting mess on contracting island. As the politicians and political hacks work together, another mass of hot air begins to form around Washington City. It is only a matter of time for that hot air to form into another hurricane, which inevitably will hit the contracting rubble on contracting island again. And the process repeats.
  11. U. S. Civil War Discussion Forum

    Once again, I am requesting our members, to look at and consider registering and posting to my new site dealing with The U. S. Civil War. I continue to build it out and expect it to take years. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said: We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now. At least, we can spend some time together and learn about our country's past. Today, I posted an event that began on September 19, 1863. Imagine the horror of it. William Tecumseh Sherman explained: War is Hell. Chickamauga must have been just that. Wifcon.com took over 19 years to build, my new one is less that a year old. I expect to change the domain soon to something about its subject.
  12. Herein lies the problem . . . The FAR (and its supplements) parts, sections, etc., that implement law or legal decision should be highlighted in bold and italics. In that way, one will know which text of the FAR can be eliminated without further action. It's time that each regulation should be shown its true source very clearly so that we know who to blame for the regulatory clutter.
  13. Age Groups of Wifcon Forum Members

    If you haven't added your answer to this poll. Please do. Those that have answered it seem to be nearly equally divided among the age groups I started.